Friday, March 2, 2018

Jill Krementz covers the annual Art Show

Opening night of The Art Show at The Park Avenue Armory.
The Art Show — Gala Preview
Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street
February 27, 2018

Programs listing the 72 dealers with  a floor plan. The Art Show is celebrating its 30th Anniversary
The annual Art Show, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America, is held each year to benefit the Henry Street Settlement.

Celebrating its 30th year, this year’s fair included 72 fine art galleries — more than half of them with solo exhibitions highlighting artists throughout history and from around the world.  Among the artists being exhibited were Lynda Benglis, Catherine Opie, Milton Avery, Joseph Cornell, Tony Smith, Sean Landers, Alex Katz, Wayne Thiebaud, Mary Heilmann and Jane Freilicher.

On hand for the opening night gala were Moviedom’s Woody Allen with Soon-Yi Previn and Steve Martin with Anne Stringfield; exhibiting artists Wardell Milan, Peter Saul, and Nicole Eisenman; museum taste-makers Leah Dickerman (MoMA), Ian Alteveer, and Jeff Rosenheim (both from the Met); mega collectors Agnes Gund, Tom Hill, and Donald Marron; and critics Roberta Smith and Jerry Saltz.

The show’s remaining days: ($25 payable at the door):
Friday, March 2, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 4, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
David Resnicow (President of Resnicow and Associates), ADAA’s head honchos Maureen Bray (Executive Director), and Adam Sheffer (President).
Gallerist Roland Augustine  featured small sculptures by his artists — this one by Simone Leigh whose work he will exhibit at his Chelsea Gallery in April. Collector Donald Marron.
Soon-Yi Previn and Woody Allen.
Nicole Eisenman. Ms. Eisenman, exhibiting at the Anton Kern Gallery, has recently been elected as a member of The American Academy of Arts & Letters. She will be inducted this Spring.

Among the drawings and watercolors in her solo show is a portrait of her partner, Lena Sradnic, who works at a daycare center, "Basic Trust," on the Upper West Side.

Gallerist Friedrich Petzel standing in front of a painting by Sean Landers.

"We're all awkward," declares an aphorism within the work. The written word has long been central to Landers's practice — an avid doodler, the artist invariably begins work by distilling thoughts into expressions, poems, lyrics; always on yellow legal pads.

Synthesizing the process, Landers extrapolates words or sentences and "carves" them into the bark of a painted forest of Aspen trees — chosen for their interconnected root system, a metaphor of sorts, as Landers explains: "If there is a single root system that connects everything I do together, it is my writing."
Joy, doubt, shame and humor can be read in both the drawings and paintings — ruminations on artistic legacy, narcissism, foible and vulnerability.
Howard Read. Cheim & Read devoted their gallery to an exhibition of new work by Lynda Benglis.
John Cheim. 
Sarita Dubin, the studio manager of Lynda Benglis. Unfortunately, Ms. Benglis was unable to attend as she is in Sante Fe working on a commission. Benglis has said, "I'm drawing with air, and wire, and paper."

The title of the new series, "Sparkle Plenty, "comes from the Dick Tracy comic strip. Since the 1960s, Benglis (b. 1941) has been celebrated for the free, ecstatic forms she has poured, thrown and molded in ceramic, latex, polyurethane and bronze.

In these new works she turns to handmade paper, which she wraps around a chicken wire armature, often painting the sand-toned surface in bright, metallic colors. Stretched, crimped and torn into richly organic shapes, the paper becomes both the sculpture's shell and a repository of the artist's touch.
Karen Marks at Howard Greenberg Gallery. A solo show of Saul Leiter (1923–2013) is on view.

Leiter was a pioneer of early color photography. His distinctively subdued palette, as well as his use of unconventional compositions lend a distinct air of mystery and romance to his works.
Leiter's street photographs from the late 1940s and 1950s have gained tremendous recognition in recent years. The exhibit includes paintings, photography and several of his books. After he died I did a photo journal about his memorial service.
Dick Solomon at Pace Master Prints.  Mr. Solomon has exhibited at 29 out of 30 ADAA exhibitions.  He was showing off his new cataract surgery along with some Picassos and Matisses. Pavel Zoubok and Charlie Scheips. Mr. Zoubok's solo show is devoted to the American ex-patriate painter Janice Biala. Charlie is an accomplished watercolorist who is represented by the gallery.
Donald Marron and Arne Glimcher. Byron Wien, who is on the board of Henry Street Settlement, with Donald Marron.
James Danzinger with a wall of Warhol Lips.
Lena Kaplan and Rick Reiss. Marc Klein and MoMA's Leah Dickerman. Marc and Leah were Harvard Classmates of ’86.
Roberta Smith, the co-senior art critic of The New York Times, with Ricky Clifton, an artist/designer. Christopher Mason and Linda Yablonsky.
Gallerist Tripoli Patterson.
Steve Martin and his wife Anne Singleton with Charlie Scheips. Steve and Anne were rushing off to see John Lithgow’s one-man show at the American Airlines Theater.

In addition to his acting chops, Mr. Martin owns a significant art collection.

Performing artist and "renaissance man" Rahsaan Gandy.
Diane and Arthur Abbey, who recently donated their vast collection of bamboo baskets to the Met.  Their generous gift was celebrated with an exhibition that was among my favorites. The Met’s Ian Alteveer recently curated the David Hockney show.
Jerry Saltz, art critic for New York Magazine. Roberta Smith and her husband, Jerry Saltz.

Roberta taking notes with her iPhone.
Roberta particularly loved this painting — Man’s Ray’s 1925 Still Life with a Banjo at Debra Force’s Gallery — and I kept urging her to splurge on it.

Pace’s Doug Baxter amidst a selection of sculptural maquettes by Tony Smith, highlighting the sculptor’s modular system of formal and spatial organization.
Jay Cantor and Gallerist Debra Force.
Sally and Peter Saul. Mr. Saul’s new paintings were on display at Michael Werner. Audrey Flack and Steve Miller, both Hampton artists.  Audrey will be one of the honorees at the upcoming Guild Hall benefit.
Doug Schaller, Philadelphia Dealer with Locks Gallery.

The thematic two-person booth featured works by Thomas Chimes (1921–2009) and Joseph Cornell (1903–72).

Born of Greek and Dutch descent, respectively, each of these idiosyncratic American artists pursued highly solitary lifestyles dedicated to the interior worlds of their art making. The result: an Alchemy of Images and Constellations, reflecting the hermetic natures of their distinctive artistic outputs — a modernist lineage to the esoteric and the absurd.
Wardell Milan (b.1977 in Knoxville, Tennessee) had a solo show at David Nolan.

The artist, who lives and works in New York, portrays a thoughtful inquiry into the nature of beauty and the unconscious, touching on topics such as body modification and gender performance.
Agnes Gund and Gallerist Craig Starr. Collector Tom Hill. His daughters and mine went  to Nightingale together.
Peter Blum presented a solo show of Chris Marker’s photographic series, “The Koreans.”

Chris Marker, who died when he was 90, was one of the last journalists who had the opportunity to travel and explore North Korea freely in 1957. The result was a group of photographs depicting The Koreans in an uncensored record of daily life in North Korea four years after the end of the devastating war and shortly before the border was closed off.

Now as much as ever, these images resonate against a backdrop of the complex relationship between North and South Korea and the current political environment.
Jane Freilicher's daughter Elizabeth Hazen and Eric Brown, advisor to the estate.

On view at Paul Kasmin Gallery: an intimate selection of female nudes by the late New York School painter Jane Freilicher, whose estate the gallery now represents. This is the first time her nudes, mostly from the 1960s (many of which have never been exhibited) are being shown.

The hallmarks of Freilicher's paintings — clarity, purity and an unpretentious beauty — are perhaps most succinctly rendered in these work.
This Photo Journal is dedicated to Jane Freilicher — a wonderful woman , witty and wise,  whose luminous paintings are among my very favorites. 

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